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Many children who are permanently excluded from schools are those who already have a history of adverse childhood experiences and have been traumatised. It is perverse that the children in most need of stability, understanding and support are those who are far more likely to be rejected by the very people who are paid to look after them in loco parentis and prepare them for adulthood.
IRCT share concerns about the increasing number of children who have and continue to be permanently excluded from our schools. Because we are committed to the goal of working towards the elimination of permanent exclusions, we have developed an Exclusion Position Statement. The Exclusion Position Statement provides an overview of our concerns in relation to the current policy context and offers insight into variations in relation to experiences of exclusion.
We are particularly concerned about the association between adverse childhood experiences, trauma and exclusion. In the Exclusion Position Statement we recognise previous research which offers useful insights into ways through which schools can support the aspiration to eliminate permanent exclusion. We conclude our Exclusion Position Statement with several recommendations which aim to support individual children, develop whole school approaches and encourage systemic change.
Please join IRCT in collaboratively working towards the aspiration to eliminate permanent exclusions from schools.
You can share your thoughts and experiences via IRCTs Twitter handle @irct_uk using #eliminateexclusion
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